Bath Chronicle

City pair short­listed in ma­jor art con­test

- Arts · England · Arts Council England

Two Bath artists have been short­listed in an in­ter­na­tional open art com­pe­ti­tion.

Now in its ninth year, Wells Art Con­tem­po­rary (WAC) re­ceived a record-break­ing num­ber of en­tries from 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries for its open vis­ual art con­test. Out of nearly 3,600 sub­mis­sions, a short­list of 128 pieces has been se­lected, in­clud­ing work by two Bath artists, Rob Grieve and El­darin Yeong.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be di­vided into four ‘rooms’; Fig­u­ra­tive, Paint­ing, Graphic and Mov­ing & Still.

The Mov­ing & Still room will fea­ture El­darin’s, The Meal of Madam Can­dle­stick, a piece of video art on the theme of hon­our-based vi­o­lence, ex­plor­ing the role of women in th­ese crimes.

“Al­though be­ing vir­tual will elim­i­nate the sense of phys­i­cal in­ti­macy be­tween the au­di­ence and the art­works,” said El­darin. “It also cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for the au­di­ence to take their time and to re­visit.”

Rob’s acrylic paint­ing Be­tween The Lines will also fea­ture in the same room, a big suc­cess as this is the first time he has en­tered WAC.

He said: “I had a good feel­ing on com­plet­ing my se­lected paint­ing this year and thought it would fit in well with the con­tem­po­rary style of the WAC.”

Vis­i­tors can view that work and others among what is al­ways some of the finest con­tem­po­rary art at: well­sart­con­tem­po­rary. co.uk/2020-wac-awards.

With the chal­lenges pre­sented by Covid-19, it was clear that a phys­i­cal ex­hi­bi­tion of the short­listed work was not go­ing to be fea­si­ble, so or­gan­is­ers took it on­line.

“The orig­i­nal aim of WAC was to sup­port vis­ual artists,” ex­plains WAC chair Paddy O’ha­gan. “This as­sis­tance is needed now more than ever so we had to find a way to make it work.”

A sub­stan­tial grant of £5,300 grant was se­cured from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land to pro­duce a vir­tual ex­hi­bi­tion. “To­gether with the amaz­ing gen­eros­ity of our spon­sors, the grant has en­abled us to present an ex­cit­ing dig­i­tal show, pro­vid­ing artists with an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence,” added Mr O’ha­gan.

 ??  ?? Rob Grieve’s acrylic paint­ing Be­tween The Lines
Rob Grieve’s acrylic paint­ing Be­tween The Lines
 ??  ?? A snapshot from El­darin Yeong’s The Meal of Madam Can­dle­stick
A snapshot from El­darin Yeong’s The Meal of Madam Can­dle­stick

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